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Poop Happens: Tips and Tricks to Dealing With Stains

  Keeping our stash sparkling clean seems to be a top priority for almost all cloth diapering Mamas.  We dunk, and spritz, and sun, and scrub, and soak all in the name of a clean canvas for our little cherubs to poop on- beginning the cycle all over again.  Every now and again, though, we come across a stain that just cannot be conquered bringing us to our knees and ruing the day we ever let our little darlings eat a truck load of beets.  Don’t you fret, you stain fighting warriors! With a few tricks and a little know how, you can banish almost any stain. 

We all know the magical powers of sunning your diapers.  A wet diaper and a little lemon juice laid in the sun is a magical thing.  Decimated diapers are brought back to life in just a matter of hours.    Another method of stain removal is to take your lemon juice and make a thick paste using borax.  Slather this salve on your stains and let it sit for a few hours. Throw those dirty dipes in the wash and those stains will be running for the hills. Make sure to rinse your diapers well, as left over lemon juice can irritate little bums.  If you don’t have lemon juice or borax, you can make a paste out of your Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent and water and follow the same steps.

Oxygen bleaches are fabulous for stain removal and sanitizing diapers.  A solid form of hydrogen peroxide, Oxygen Bleach can help your diapers stay clean and stink- free.  Lots of mamas ask if this is safe for cloth diapers.  Most- if not all – cloth diaper safe detergents contain an oxygen bleach ( sodium percarbonate).  Fill your washer with hot water and throw in a few tablespoons of your oxygen bleach. Let  your diapers hang out in the washer for a few hours and then wash as you normally would!  

Fels-Naptha soap can be another weapon in your arsenal.  This soap is specifically designed for laundry use and can be awesome at getting out particularly stubborn stains. Though I wouldn’t recommend using Fels-Naptha in your regular cloth diaper washing routine, it is great for the occasional battle.  Take your bar of soap and rub it vigorously into your stains. You can even use an old tooth brush if you need a little more scrubbing oomph.  Wash your diapers in hot water and rinse a few extra times to make sure all that soapy goodness is gone.

When all else fails in the war against stains just remember -even though we paid a lot of money for our stash and want our precious little snowflakes to have a sparkly clean diaper, poop happens.  

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Our mission at Ruby Moon is to provide you with an affordable, gentle on the earth and your skin, tough on stains and odor, line of products. All of our products and packaging are made with natural and biodegradable ingredients.  We rigorously test our products and would never sell you anything that we wouldn't use on our own families.  

Our Story

We never thought we would be making laundry detergent.  But like a lot of things in life, necessity is the mother of invention.   After my daughter was born, I fell in love with two things- my gorgeous baby and her gorgeous cloth diapers.  However, my little one has eczema that was only made worse by the “baby” laundry detergent with it’s too-strong odor and harsh chemicals.  I couldn’t wash my diapers in the stuff- nor did I want to- but I couldn’t find ANYTHING in the grocery store that didn’t cause my diapers to leak or  ( unbelievably) stink even worse!  Not to mention the negative ecological impact all those chemicals had on our environment! SO, as we all do I went online to purchase the premier cloth diaper detergent.  I was so excited to use their products! Until,that is, I read the ingredients. Half of the label was vague, industrial, chemical sounding words that frankly- sounded just like the detergent I was running away from.  When I contacted the companies, they refused to tell me what exactly was in their products.  I am all for protecting your product’s formula- but this is my baby! What touches her more than her cloth diaper! I needed to know what was in the product I was buying.  I was at an impasse.  I had REALLY stinky diapers and a baby whose skin was not too happy about the detergent we were using.  I had a decision to make: Give up cloth diapering or make my own detergent.  I chose the latter.  After months of research and lots of laundry, I came up with a concoction that is safe for my babies tender skin, safe for my cloth diapers, and ecologically friendly.  I began sharing the detergents with friends, family, and other cloth diapering Mamas. They all raved about how clean their diapers and clothes were and encouraged me to go into business.  Opportunity knocks only so many times before it moves on to someone who will listen, so I decided to listen to all my laundry detergent lovers.  With the help of my family and tester/snuggler extraordinaire, Ruby Grace, Ruby Moon Natural Laundry was born.  Look at that gorgeous baby! I can't think of a better reason to make our families and the Earth a little healthier!

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